This is the strangest thing I’ve ever seen. But strange-hilarious. A group of middle aged moms and dads cover LAdy Gaga’s “Bad Romance” but change the words from “love love love” to “busy busy busy.” Just watch and enjoy. Pop culture is such a funny thing.

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Have you ever heard the term remediate? Where and what is your understanding of the term?

The only time I can remember hearing the term remediate or remediation was talking in my English composition class years ago, and I only remember it vaguely. I imagine it means to mentally go back and think about what you’ve said or written. To re- mediate, or mediate again, and mediate being to think about. If the term is associated with composition, it may be to go back to what you’ve already written, reread it and edit for content as apposed to grammar and spelling. I do this constantly and then one final time before I publish any blog post. It’s very important to me because I tend to ramble and I need to make sure I actually made understandable thoughts.

EDIT:

Remediation is the process whereby
computer graphics, virtual reality, and the
WWW define themselves by borrowing
from and refashioning media such as
painting, photography, television, and film

I’m quite proud of my little piece of the internet here. This blog looks and feels the way I want it to. Every time I look at it it’s like a nice creative hug from myself, to myself. ❤

Critique:

Strengths: I feel that my voice is the strength of my blog. That sound a little conceited, but it’s not like the content is what drives my blog. People aren’t tuning in to see what new stuff in the music slash electronic print slash bike world just came out. Well, people aren’t tuning in at all really, but I digress. The interesting part of the blog is what I have to say. I feel my opinions are what drives this blog along.

Weaknesses: I don’t have any direct sources. I’m not high enough up in the food chain of the music or the cycling industry to have the manufacturers or the artists contact me and tell me about the newest thing. They go to some more well known blogger, and I read it there then write about it here. So it’s a trickle down effect. That’s understandable for me though. I just started this blog, I can’t expect to already be a pop-star-famous-blogger.

Potentials for revision: I don’t have anything I’d like to revise, per se, as much as I wish I could have my own custom layout with out forking over $30. Or at least the option to change the colors or the size of certain boxes in some of these themes. I’m just looking forward to keeping up with this blog and adding more. I can’t wait for the tag cloud to be huge and full of all sorts of crazy words. I love how a really developed and avid blogger’s cloud looks; where the biggest words have been used over 1000 times. Ahh one day.

I did a lot of experimenting with talking about music on this blog. I’ve never really written about music. I’ve talked and critiqued other artists and talked about their music to them, but I’ve never written about it with an audience in mind. I guess it’s kind of similar. I reread my concert review and I liked how I described their style and stage presence. I tried to emulate the music journalists I read in magazines– when they talk about new artist or albums I don’t know, and when they describe the artists certain sound– I tried to emulate that. I think I did a decent job, and I like the fact that I can pull up that music journalist voice when I write without much effort.

One of the things I worried about was posting about bicycles. As silly as that seems, I originally intended for this to be a blog that cataloged my efforts to get more involved in the music world, and only the music world. But I’m so deeply rooted in cycling culture that I couldn’t resist it. And I’m happy that I didn’t because some of my posts about bicycling have been my most interesting and popular. I consider myself equal parts musician and cyclist. I don’t own a car; I ride my bike wherever I need to go. I worked at a music store for years, I just got a job as a bike mechanic and I currently march for the Chiefs. So my interests are split 50/50.

This blog has really helped me find my voice. I talked about how I consider it the strength and I think sitting and forcing myself to write has really drawn it out of me. Maybe I’m just that eloquent. Hah! But seriously, I haven’t considered myself a writer for very long, and this blog has really upped my confidence in my ability to compose and craft my ideas, as well as construct well developed thoughts over any given length. You could give me a word limit of 300 or 3000 and I would be equally confident in my ability to write both.

I like that reflection backwards is noitcelfer– “know itself-er”

Maybe that’s what I am. A know itself-er. Always trying to improve from the inside out. I like that.

The music industry is in a strange place right now. Only a few years ago a few giant record labels ruled the land and no artist could ever see their work published unless it was through these BIG 3.

Enter the internet and cue Sean Parker and Napster. This fueled the still burning fire that is file sharing. We all know how it started. Napster started doing the peer to peer file sharing thing then the music execs got wind of it and sued his ass so hard only Facebook and Justin Timberlake could save his image. Then came a slew of normal (not rich) people being sued for millions of dollars for downloading music. But this hasn’t really changed much of anything.

People used to use Bearshear and Limewire, now the whole world is on Bittorrent. But people are still stealing music. iTunes changed the way we buy music by making single songs purchasable through the iTunes store. Now the $.99 a song thing is the standard and buying a whole album is as easy as clicking a button. Then it’s on your iTunes, on your MP3 player and in your iCloud (if you so choose) and then everywhere you go. Technology is an amazing thing.

BUT no matter how a person gets their music, when they don’t pay for it, it’s stealing. There’s no way around it.

Section 106 of the Copyright Act specifies 6 different rights a musical author has. The act states that the owner of copyright has the exclusive right to do and to authorize any of the following:

1. to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or phonerecords;

2. to prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work;

3. to distribute copies or phonerecords of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;

4. in the case of literary, musical,dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works, to perform the copyrighted work publicly;

5. in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictoral, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, to display the copyrighted work publicly; and

6. in the case of sound recordings, to perform the copyrighted work publicly by means of digital audio transmission.

These are referred to as the bundle of rights.

[p. 84-85 Baskerville, David and Tom. Music Business Handbook and Career Guide. 9th ed. Sherwood Publishing 2010.]

Number three is what concerns us. The law states very clearly that only the copyright holder has the right to distribute their work. So when you torrent or illegally download a song or album, you’re blatantly breaking the law.

Now, is it a big deal and is it wrong? That’s the real issue here.

For me, it’s a moral issue. I illegally download music. I won’t lie about it, but I do it because I’m broke as fuhh. But as I watch the percentage bars rise I can’t help but harbor a sense of guilt. I know in theory how much work goes into recording an album; hours and hours in the studio, blood sweat and tears; but I can’t imagine what it feels like to birth that musical love child and have it stolen away from me. As often as I can, I buy a whole album on iTunes. It just feels better that way. But sometimes a favorite artist drops an album and I barely have money for sandwiches, so I steal it.

But if it was my music there would be a part of me that would want all my broke ass fans to steal it. If it’s my passion, all I want is for people to hear and love it, not to make 7¢ on every download. But the other half of me would be pissed that I dedicated months, maybe years to making this album that then makes absolutely no money because everyone is downloading it illegally.

For me it’s a double edged sword. Be a good fan and keep up with new music by stealing it, or be a good fan by buying new music, but not as much as I wish I could.

 

I’m an avid cyclist and I love everything about bicycles. I work at a bike shop, I volunteer at a bike co-op, I read tons of blogs about cycling culture. I love reading about new innovative parts and looking at beautifully built bikes. I love reading about professional cycling events like this. Yes even THE Tour [de France].

But buy far one of my favorite things to do on my bike is play bike polo.

Yes, like Prince William on a horse, but not quite the same.

 

Bike polo is played on grass (grass polo) or on a hard surface like asphalt (hardcourt polo). Tallahassee doesn’t have a lot of country side but does have a lot of parking garages so I play predominantly hardcourt polo.

Both teams use mallets, usually made from modified ski poles, to hit a ball into the opposing teams goal.  Now here’s the trick, if you fall off your bike and put your foot on the ground, you must remove yourself from play and “tap out” by pedaling to the middle of the court and tapping either wall with your mallet.

This is my bike:

Things to notice:

Mallet: Made from a company specializing in bike polo specific supplies with a mallet head I made from HDPE gas piping.

Helmet: Skate helmet with a roller hockey face-mask tastefully attached with zipties (in case of a high flying ball. I like my teeth.)

Front wheel cover: To keep stray mallets (including my own) out of my spokes, and to help block the opposing teams shots when I’m playing goalie.

Left hand rear brake: Most bikes have the rear brake handle on the right side, but being right handed, I carry my mallet over there, so I need to break with my left. I use only a rear brake because it allows me to lock up my back wheel and skid around. With a front brake it would be too easy to throw myself over the handlebars.

The game has fairly simple rules:

1. Two teams of three people.

2. If you “foot down” you must tap the designated point, usually on the wall, before returning to play.

3. Goals must be scored with the small end of the mallet, otherwise it’s a “shuffle” (as in shuffleboard) and the goal doesn’t count. Passing between players can be done by any means necessary.

4. Like contact is okay. Body to body, bike to bike, mallet to mallet. Any other contact is illegal and just not cool.

I’ve met some of my best friends playing polo. I’ve traveled all over the southeast and seen some really cool places. But really it’s the joy of the game that keeps me going back.

Clips from this years World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship. Oh yeah, it’s a thing.

This video is a little scary to the beginner. Understand that here in Tallahassee, we don’t go quite as fast or as hard as the guys above. We love new people and are always welcome to help anyone who is interested build a bike and get started.

Thursdays at 9pm in Parking Garage #5. Macomb and St. Augustine. If you don’t want to play, just come and hang out. Tallahassee Bicycle Polo Society